Monday, July 27, 2015

Deep Water Container Port Begins Logistics Operations for Real

Official Opening of Terminal Moves Thames Side Operation to Next Phase
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UK – The UK’s latest deep water container port, London Gateway, saw Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport visit the Thames side site recently to witness the official opening of the first phase of the new logistics centre, a 16,800 square metre unit constructed for port owners DP World to the latest BREEAM ‘very good’ standard and having an additional 2,400 square metres of office space. The unit is the first stage in constructing a 36,000 square metre facility as anticipated demand develops.

Mr Goodwill was joined by DP World Chairman, His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, to formalise the opening of the centre during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The current unit is being operated by Import Services Limited which provides clients with a ‘pay as you go’ range of commercial activities. Mr Goodwill commented:

“I am delighted to have been able to open the London Gateway Logistics Centre, which is the next step in this ground-breaking development on the north-bank of the River Thames which is breath-taking in its size, scale and attention to detail. DP World London Gateway is an excellent example of the benefits inward investment brings to UK infrastructure and the economy. Any project that gives the country an edge, whether it be generating supply chain efficiency or leading the way in environmental sustainability, should be commended.”

London Gateway is relying upon its position, adjacent to Western Europe’s largest consumer market, to enable it to steadily take a larger share of Britain’s import traffic utilising the latest in handling technology which it says enables cargo movements to continue in weather which brings other British ports to a standstill. HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, said:

“Our new DP World London Gateway Logistics Centre is the next landmark in this unique development for the UK and I am delighted to be here today with the Minister for Transport. London Gateway is transforming UK supply chains and this new logistics hub has been constructed to the highest quality and environmental standards. It is the perfect example of how retailers and cargo owners can achieve cost savings by positioning themselves strategically, here, in the right location for trade.

“Our team has worked hard to deliver the first building at the London Gateway Logistics Park. I would like to congratulate them on producing a world-class edifice, fit for the challenges of 21st Century logistics. Our next building, in joint venture with Prologis, is progressing well and we expect it to be ready in September.”

Photo: Robert Goodwill MP (orange Jacket) and Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem flanked by the London Gateway team.